Bears Return Home For Ivy Battle Vs. Cornell

Oct. 24, 2008

Providence, RI -

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Brown returns home to Brown stadium after three straight games on the road for an Ivy League and Family Day match-up with Cornell on Saturday, October 25th. With five game remaining on the schedule, the Ivy League title race is beginning to take shape with most of the Ancient Eight teams still in contention for the league championship. Brown and Penn are the only two unbeaten teams, sitting atop of the league standings with a 2-0 mark, while Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Princeton have just one loss each.

Brown (3-2, 2-0 Ivy) came away with a 31-10 victory on the road against Princeton last week to stay in a first place tie in the Ivy standings with Penn (2-0). Brown and Penn are the only two Ivy teams without a league loss, with the Bears beating Harvard and Princeton. The win at Princeton Stadium was Brown's first ever in the stadium that opened in 1998, following five losses. Cornell lost to Colgate, 38-22, in a non-league game to fall to 3-2 overall, 1-1 in the Ivy League. The Big Red have beaten Yale, but lost to Harvard in Ivy play.

Brown and Cornell have met 55 times, dating back to 1895, with the Bears leading the series by a 28-26-1 margin. Last year, Cornell earned a 38-31 overtime win over Brown in Ithaca, NY, beating the Bears for the first time since 2002. Brown, winners of nine of the last 12 meetings between the two teams, last defeated Cornell by a 28-7 margin at Brown Stadium on 10/21/06.

It looks like an all-out aerial assault for the second straight year, as Bears' senior quarterback Michael Dougherty duels Cornell senior quarterback Nathan Ford. Last year, the two teams combined for 109 passing attempts with Dougherty throwing for 359 yards and Ford tossing for 292 yards. Dougherty and Ford are the top ranked quarterbacks in the Ivy League in 2008, with Ford leading the league with 24.8 completions per game, sixth best in the nation, and Dougherty completing 24.4 passes per game, eighth in the nation.